Friday, 30 December 2011

The day that didn't exist, Thursday 29th. (in Samoa)

The Samoans may have cancelled the 29th but not C&W. There were 10 in attendance.

I realise that at times we refer to the ends and side of carriages and if you are not familiar with the geographical orientation of the C&W works it may be confusing.

The line runs roughly North to South - Broadway Laverton Toddington  
it the takes a sweeping curve to the west (Chicken Curve is the start of it) passed the C&W workshop and through Winchcombe station it then bend back to the south as it passes through Greet Tunnel and is heading south again at Gotherington to Cheltenham Race Course.
So if you are thinking about the line as whole when reading the C&W bit - WEST tends to the Winchcombe station and EAST to Toddington. (corrected I knew it was confussing!)

    Eddie Paddon, head of our woodworking department, had left a request for us to try and get the ceilings in the two east end compartments of SO 4790 painted before much more repanelling was undertaken. They very sensibly don't want paint spots all over the new varnish. The two ceilings had already been cleaned with sugar soap and required tidying up with some sealant and a little filler, before painting in white undercoat and then top coat.

After that the existing panelling needs a light sand down and later it will be restained where necessary and then the whole lot given two coats of varnish.

So Pete Lucas about applying sealant to the edges of the ceiling bands.

Roger Wicker sanding down one of the end panels

Bob Keyte applying the undercoat white paint to the second compartment ceiling. Pete Lucas was doing the same with the first compartment ceiling.

Both corners of the eastern end of SO 4790 will need major rebuilding and thus the corridor door & interior panelling have to be removed. Malcolm was in action on that task.

much of the wiring in 4790 will need replacing. Phil Salter stripped out the old and started on the new wiring in the western end vestibule.

some of the windows required removal, either to provide better seals, or because the underlying metal panelling had corroded and needed replacement. Here is, hopefully the last one of the window panes that will need removal.

John Hamer has cleaned it up and added new sealing, just prior to replacement.

 the window frame being prepared to receive the window glass. Note the newly sanded bottom section, and in the far distance, John's window pane.

Meanwhile back at the western end of 4790 the corner rebuilding continues.

John Osborn tidying up a newly-cut section of metal sheet prior to fitting.

Welding the new section in place.

Meanwhile, exterior preparation continues on the workshop side of 4790 in between the west end rebuilding work, and the centre and east end door frames. All filling has been completed and the panelling given its final base coating of light grey undercoat by Pete Lucas and Bob Keyte.

Bob applying his magic touch.

Batteries are very important. Here John Hamer checks  the recharging of his spares, enabling him to sort out the good from the bad prior removal to safe storage.

in corridor of the CK 7221, Derek Clark continues with his excellent reflooring job and measures up another section of heavy plywood ready for cutting.

In the RBr 1762, the long complex job of restoring the kitchen and counter area continues. Robin Moore  dealing with the edge of an oven door.

Roger Whicker cleaning more of the shelving in the counter area.

After all this work on the RBr the bacon butties better taste good!!!!

Be assured we will be testing them out for quality.

As it will be 2012 by the time I get to make the next post

Happy New Year to one and all.


Roger said...

Er, has dotage overtaken me or is the east end the Toddington end and Winchcombe Station the west end?

Great blog. Looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labours next year. Happy New Year to all the team.

The C and W Dept Blog of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway said...

Told you it was confussing. Thanks I have corrected it!!!